Prerequisites: HBHE doctoral students or Perm Instr
Description: The course will involve in-depth discussions of issues and problems in using conceptual models, theories of health behavior, and data to inform interventions targeting individual behavior change. Presentations will focus on the rationale for selection of a particular theory or theories, conceptual framework, how the theory or model was used to develop the intervention, measurement of theoretical constructs, and the barriers encountered in the implementation and evaluation phase of the research. Intervention research will include those that target clients, providers and families.
Course Goals: Current faculty intervention studies will form the basis of discussion for several sessions. Some sessions will focus on critique of intervention research in the literature. Some sessions will be lead by a class participant. Since each session relies heavily on class discussion, attendance is required.
Learning Objectives: 1. Describe the role of conceptual models and theories for informing interventions that promote individual behavior change.
2. Discuss the relative utility of various models and theories dependent on the research question and target audience.
3. Articulate the difficulties and limitations of health decision-making models in providing direction in intervention research.
4. Develop and defend a conceptual model using behavioral, social science, and health education theories/constructs to inform an intervention relevant to a current health problem.
5. Discuss current directions in research involving theory and practice.